Pool Records Fall For W&J During Split With PS-Behrend
WASHINGTON, Pa. -- The Washington & Jefferson College women’s swimming and diving team set a pair of pool records Saturday during its 149-100 victory over Penn State-Behrend at the Henry Memorial Natatorium. The PSB men earned the split for the Lions after defeating W&J by a 160-137 margin.
The W&J women improved to 9-1 overall, while the men’s squad dropped to 3-5. The women’s victory moved Mike Orstein closer to the 400th dual-meet win as the Presidents’ head coach. Orstein owns a 398-160-1 record in his 24th season at W&J (458-185-2 overall collegiate record in 28 years). The Presidents can help Orstein reach 400 next Saturday with a sweep of Hiram on Senior Day at 1:00 pm.
Senior Brittany Vogel (Butler, Pa./Butler) was a part of both pool records for the W&J women. She raced to a pool-record time of 18:17.88 in the 1650 freestyle which eclipsed the previous record by 27.5 seconds.
Vogel also joined classmate C.J. Corcoran (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton) and freshmen Charlotte Lima (Brooklyn, N.Y./Choate Rosemary Hall) and Jessica Sweitzer (Laurel, Md./Seton Keough) on the winning 800 freestyle relay (8:07.67). That time was nearly 18 seconds faster than the record set by a John Carroll quartet during the PAC Championships 22 years ago.
Vogel finished with four overall victories after touching first in the 50 freestyle (26.30) and 200 backstroke (2:15.65).
Corcoran was also a quadruple winner after swimming on the 200 medley relay (1:54.21) before capturing the 100 breaststroke (1:09.66) and 100 freestyle (55.75). Sweitzer also won the 200 (2:00.82) and 500 (5:25.45) freestyles, while sophomore Rosemarie O’Connor (Staten Island, N.Y./Curtis) was the winner in the 100 backstroke (1:02.06) after joining Corcoran on the 200 medley relay.
Senior Abbey Woodward (Beaver, Pa./Beaver) continued her solid season on the diving boards by sweeping the 1-meter (209.00) and 3-meter (241.35) competitions.
The W&J men were paced by senior Michael Boutwell’s (Winchester, Va./John Handley) three triumphs. He claimed the 400 IM (4:31.75), 500 freestyle (5:04.15) and 1650 freestyle (17:35.89).
Senior Keyton Kalakewich (Edwards, Colo./Charleroi) added first-place touches in the 50 (22.52) and 100 (50.29) freestyle events, while classmate Justin Weifenbach (Corapolis, Pa./Montour) took first place in the 3-meter diving (246.20).